Indians 9, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas, October 1 — The Texas Rangers lost their 101st game on Friday night at Globe Life Field. This time, their opponent was the Cleveland Indians, and the final score was 9-4. With only two games left in the regular season, the Rangers are hoping to cling onto some sort of respectability before heading their separate ways for the winter. Hopefully, Saturday’s middle game will provide that for them as Jordan Lyles takes the hill for the Rangers. Until then, here is what happened in Friday’s series opener.
Scoring in Bunches
Right-hander Spencer Howard made the start on Friday and was handed the loss. He is now 0–5 on the year. In 3 2/3 innings, he gave up eight runs. Five of them were earned. He walked three and struck out two. The Cleveland offense stayed silent until the top of the third. Austin Hedges cracked the seal with a solo shot. Then a wild pitch gave them their second run. The wild throw was followed by a single by Jose Ramirez. This scored Myles Straw and Amed Rosario. In the top of the fourth inning, Bobby Bradley homered to give Cleveland a 5–3 lead. Moments later, Hedges scored on a single by Rosario. Next came Ramirez who singled home Straw.
This made the score 7–3 in favor of the Indians. Their final two runs came on another single. This time, it was Harold Ramirez at the plate. Rosario and Ramirez, Jose that is, were the ones to cross the plate.
Four for the Rangers
The Texas Rangers got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Nathaniel Lowe scored on a double by Andy Ibanez. Next up to the plate was Nick Solak. He hit a single to centerfield, and that allowed Ibanez to score. Their other two runs came via the long ball. Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered in the bottom of the third inning, and Lowe hit the second one in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Rangers’ 161st game is on Saturday at 6:05 PM CDT at Globe Life Field. Time will tell if the Rangers can put these last two games in the win column.
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